The Independent Election Commission (IEC) started the audit and recount process of problematic votes in provinces. According to the Audit and Recount Procedure, the provincial offices have the duty to implement the audit and recount process quickly and precisely under the aegis of the technical team designated by the Commission, the accredited monitors, domestic and international observers, special guests (UN), the Election Complaints Commission (ECC) representatives and media.

Audit

The audit is a process in which the Commission investigates the TEBs, result forms, voter list, journal and other relevant documents and quarantined ballot boxes with problems and suspicion as well as their contents according to the predetermined criteria and then decides on including in and excluding from the counting process all or some of the votes of a polling station or polling center.

Recount

Recount means counting of the cast votes for second time for assurance purposes and which takes place after the first count. In this stage, all or part of the boxes the counting of which is objected to, are recounted as ordered by the IEC and the ECC. Invalidation of votes of one of candidates (according to the cases mentioned in page 3 and 4 of the Audit and Recount Procedure), invalidation of a station according to the predetermined criteria or finding a discrepancy between the result form of the station and the National Tally Center (NTC), (in light of the cases mentioned in page 4 of the Audit and Recount Procedure) and other problems encountered during the polling and biometric process are among the main reasons for audit and recount.

Sending of the Photos of the Recount Result Form and Digital Results to the IEC HQ

The Provincial Elections Officers (PEOs) have the duty to, after completing the stages of audit and recount, take photos of the original result forms in presence of monitors, observers and the ECC representatives before placing them in the box and send them through the official (predetermined e-mail) to the specific e-mail of the IEC HQ.

Report of Audit and Recount

The IT Deptartment consolidates the report of the audit using the database and presents it to the IEC Secretariat. Then, the CEO presents this report at the Commission’s meeting and the Commission decides in light of the applicable principles and procedures.

Similarly, the Commission’s decision on the audit is implemented and the report of the audit and recount is announced, and the results are finalized. Consequently, the results of audit and recount are validated once approved by the Commission and replace the former result form.

Election Campaign Duration

According  to Clause 1 and Paragraph 1 of Article 76 of the Electoral Code and Article Three of the Campaign Bill      ( Presidential election of 6th Mizaan 1398) the campaign period for the presidential candidates is 60 days, ending 48 hours before Election Day.

Campaign Conditions and Candidates and Political Parties Obligations

  1. Candidates, parties and coalitions of political parties may, within a specified time frame, by observing electoral laws, bills, and procedures, and in compliance with relevant affidavits (observers and observers) and other decisions of the Independent Electoral Commission, Election Complaints Commission, and Media Committee should run and organize their activities related to election
  2. Candidates, parties and coalitions of political parties in the gap between the publication of the final list of candidates and the beginning of the campaign period, which is consider the period of silence and the may not engage in campaigns (forming communities, attending media, print and radio to announce political policies and campaigns, And publish and install poll signs, posters and billboards, social pages, or send messages over the phone and social media).
  3. Candidates, parties and political coalitions and their supporters may not interfere in the campaigning of other candidates or parties, or destroy, their campaign materials.
  4. Campaign programs should not disrupt public order.
  5. Candidates, political parties and coalitions should not provide for the involvement of armed forces, judges, prosecutors and government employees in their campaign programs. Security organs, judges, prosecutors and government employees cannot interfere in candidates, parties, or political coalitions.
  6. Candidates, political parties and coalitions should not use children to promote campaign-related programs.
  7. Candidates, political parties and coalitions may not invite foreign nationals and foreign entities to engage in campaign-related activities and provide the basis for their participation in such activities. Still, foreigners and foreign entities cannot participate in the candidates' campaign activities.
  8. No person shall be compelled to compel the citizens of the country to participate or not to participate in the campaign of candidates and political parties.
  9. Candidates, parties, political coalitions, and their supporters should not use signs and symbols related to the Commission, the Appeals Commission, the Media Committee, and government agencies in their campaigns
  10. Candidates should not engage in campaigns that incite violence and arouse emotion (ethnic, group, religious, linguistic, sexual, and gender)
  11. Candidates are required to collect their installed election materials from the city within 20 days of the end of the campaign period and participate in the clean-up of the city.
  12. Candidates, political parties and their supporters must respect the private property of the individual and obtain the owner's consent before installing, writing and drawing advertising material on private property or using it for election campaign activities.
  13. Candidates, political parties and coalitions and their supporters may not install, print or draw their propaganda materials and slogans in government installations.
  14. Candidates, political parties and coalitions and their supporters can make extensive use of billboards, banners, and electric billboards in their campaigns to preserve the beauty and Cleanness of cities.
  15. Municipalities and relevant departments are required to determine the size, location, and distance of election billboards in accordance with specific criteria.
  16. Candidates, parties and coalitions of political parties should not post or destroy their posters and pictures on other candidates' posters and pictures.
  17. Duty staff of the Commission and Municipalities may, in accordance with the guidance of the Commission and the Complaints Commission, remove campaign materials that are in violation of the bill (campaign).
  18. Candidates, parties and coalitions of political parties shall organize their election rallies in accordance with the relevant laws and coordinate the time, place and route of their rallies with the relevant departments.
  19. In the event of non-compliance by candidates, political parties and supporters, the Commission shall formally refer the matter to the relevant authorities. Individuals and verdicts can also file a complaint with the Appeals Commission.
  20. The Election Complaints Commission investigates election violations during the campaign period.

 Election Campaign Financials Resources:

  1. For the purpose of public awareness during the election campaign, all state-run media shall disseminate the opinions, aims and agenda of the candidates in a fair, balanced and impartial manner, in accordance with the procedures adopted by the Commission.
  2. Candidates, political parties and coalitions may not use public property and assets during the campaign unless the appropriate authority provides the same facilities and facilities to all candidates in a single constituency.
  3. Candidates, political parties and coalitions may not receive or receive material or spiritual assistance from nationals or foreign governments or political representations of foreign countries residing in Afghanistan.
  4. Candidates must submit to the Commission a report on their donations and expenditures in accordance with the Election Campaign Finance Bill.
  5. The private media are required to report to the Commission on the amounts they receive from candidates during the election campaign.
  6. Other Campaign related Finance Issues of the Candidates are covered by the Campaign Finance Bill.

For more information, call 190 or visit (amendment) the Campaign for Presidential Elections Bill 1398 on the Commission's website.

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